The Verde Valley Giant
Researching Montezuma Castle led to the discovery something odd was occurring at the location in the past causing the ancient Anasazi people to risk the lives of the young and elderly to travel up and down 100 feet of primitive ladder each day in order to survive in an area having no natural predators to warrant the risk. A question kept forming over and over, “What could possibly make people risk their lives in such a manner?” Today people would have trouble performing this task on modern equipment yet these people risked it climbing primitive ladders. Why take such a huge risk?
The 900-year-old limestone cliff dwellings are one of Arizona’s most famous landmarks whose sudden abandonment centuries ago has proven to be one of the areas most enduring mysteries. However, evidence suggests the site was not simply evacuated by its inhabitants, as early archaeologists have believed for more than 80 years, but instead, recent research shows that its final days were likely fraught with violent conflict and death.
The recent 2016 study didn’t explain why the violence occurred at the site, but the research done on the remains found revealed that the dead had sustained trauma before their deaths, as evidenced by cut marks on their bones and fractures in the numerous skulls.
As I started to realize that there was archaeological evidence supporting violence at Montezuma Castle, I felt it would be helpful to dig deeper since I felt there was something more to the mystery. Out of curiosity, I asked a local Native American his unique perspectives on the project and on my interpretation of the data. It wasn’t very long before my feet were placed firmly on the path.
Giants in Arizona
In October of 1879 The Arizona Sentinel apparently reported:
The Fronterizo reports the finding last week of a peculiar skull near Wellington Station, at a depth of 45 feet. It is like a human skull, but has two horns about 3 inches long, inclined towards a large and well developed forehead. It may yet be proved that men with horns were not rare in prehistoric times.
At the time in history, this type of reports was not uncommon. Other sources report similar events published as well about giant devils stating:
Within an ancient burial mound near the town of Sayre in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, skeletons measuring approximately 7 feet in length were discovered in the 1800s. But the most remarkable feature of these tall skeletons was not their height, but the strange horn-like protrusions above the brow region on their skulls. It was estimated that they were buried around 1200 AD. According to some sources, the skeletons were sent to the “American Investigating Museum” in Philadelphia, and vanished.
Giant skeletons have been reportedly unearthed all over the planet even in Arizona. In 1891, in Crittenden, Arizona while digging for a commercial building, a giant stone coffin was uncovered eight feet below the surface. A granite case was found inside which reportedly held a body of a man at least 12 feet tall. A carving on the casing pointed he humanoid had six toes and fingers found in Biblical history where it speaks of the giants with six toes and fingers that roamed the world during ancient times.
In 1923, in the Grand Canyon, Samuel Hubbard found two petrified human remains that were 15 and 18 feet in height.
Workers reportedly discovered a huge stone coffin in Fort Crittenden, Arizona, in 1891. The coffin held a skeleton that measured 12 feet tall, and had 12 toes.
A giant human skull was reportedly found in a cliff dwelling south of Winslow, Arizona, according to “The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings,” by paranormal investigator John Keel. “It was so big that a size 7[E] Stetson was placed on it and ‘looked like one of those tiny hats merrymakers wear on New Year’s’.”
A passage from a book “Arizona Cavalcade: The Turbulent Times” by Joseph Miller, also describes an ancient giant skeleton find in Arizona.
Giants in the Verde Valley
In 1911 Monsoon floods cut a new wash through the farm of Peter Marx exposing bones. Marx went to investigate and quickly unearthed a large leg bone about twice the size of a human’s. Puzzled, Marx continued to dig finding more large bones until he discovered a giant human skull! The skull was of such an abnormal size that it was said if the average man of this day placed it over his head, he still could find room to move it backward and forwards or up and down with ease, without disturbing his natural position. From measurements taken from the skull, a number 10 hat would be required to fit it,” the paper reported.
Marx reported to the newspapers made the discovery by mere accident. “My attention some weeks ago was directed to that part of the farm by flood waters passing through, cutting a ditch. A few bones were found on the surface, but my impression at that time was centered to the belief that they were those of some animal that had been killed. I dug into the bank that was exposed by the rushing waters, and when a distance of about three feet in depth had been reached, the skull was found.”
There were even additional newspaper articles published at the time regarding the rare giant find within the Verde Valley. Marx reported refused to sell his unique find to the Smithsonian Institute.
There are very few cultures, ancient or modern, which do not possess a tradition of giants. Even if only one of these strange tales were valid, it would force historians to ask a lot of questions about the currently accepted historical theories about what was occurring in the area to force ancient people to live in extremes like found at Montezuma Castle.
During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s newspapers were filled with the claims of the exhumation of giant skeletons. To find the original stories in the local newspapers was a very telling sign that there were giants in the area in ancient times living in the Sedona/Verde Valley region.
There are tales where the ancient Indians came into the Phoenix valley before it was named an American city who reportedly saw shapeshifting beings prompting them to call the area the “valley of the sun devils.” To have found newspaper articles regarding skulls found with horns adds to the mystery and possibly explains why some places get named what they do.
Perhaps the unearthing of giants in the area also gives the best possible explanation of why people would risk their lives and the lives of loved ones climbing up 100 feet of primitive ladders daily since the giants were reported to be cannibals.
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